‘Numerous Studies Prove Them Wrong’: What We Heard This Week

— Quotable quotes heard by MedPage Today‘s reporters


“Physicians believe they can extract money and information from industry without being influenced, but numerous studies prove them wrong.” — Adriane Fugh-Berman, MD, director of PharmedOut at Georgetown University Medical Center, discussing the billions of industry dollars paid to physicians in recent years.

“It’s not when everything is dark. It’s when you let your guard down.” — Donald Redelmeier, MD, of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center in Toronto, on the spike in traffic crashes during a solar eclipse.

“The rates of people recognizing they experienced harassment was much, much lower than the folks who experienced it.” — Elena Frank, PhD, of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, discussing gender discrimination and sexual harassment among interns.

“I think pain is incredibly personal and subjective.” — Bianca Allison, MD, MPH, of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, discussing women who shared their IUD insertion experiences on TikTok.

“Your genetics are not your destiny with regards to obesity risk.” — Evan Brittain, MD, MSc, of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, discussing interactions between genetics, physical activity, and obesity.

“I am very disappointed.” — Camille Kotton, MD, of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, on the low percentage of immunocompromised patients who received an updated COVID vaccine.

“What you may do in a rural area may be very different from what you may do in an urban area.” — Sherif Zaafran, MD, president of the Texas Medical Board, explaining the board’s proposed rules on emergency abortions.

“We’ve had only four nurses on with sometimes over 150 patients in that emergency room.” — Marlena Pellegrino, RN, co-chair of the Massachusetts Nurses Association local bargaining unit for Saint Vincent Hospital nurses in Wooster, discussing nurse staffing shortages.

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